The opinion of a Russian-speaking immigrant: 7 reasons to move to the USA
Many people very often think about immigration, in particular to the United States. Author blog "Dumped in America" on "Yandex.Zen" named 7 reasons why you should decide and move to the States.
Next - from the first person.
I do not like to give advice on this matter, because I do not want to influence a person's decision. Immigration is a serious step, and it must take place on the basis of an internal decision of the person himself. But I can, relying on my 6-year experience of living in the USA, reflect on whether I should have moved here then, in 2014, and also about whether it would be worth for a hypothetical me to go to the States in different, again hypothetical, situations. Maybe it will be useful to someone.
1. Let's start with the real me
May 2014 - my immigrant visa is approved at the US Embassy in Moscow. I have 5 months to fly to the United States. In June, I have to take state exams and defend my diploma.
June - the exams are passed, the diploma is protected. To get an honors degree, I had to retake one subject I hated - “Public Service”. The teacher gives me "credit" with the condition that I will not immigrate to the United States. I don’t know if I deceived him because I didn’t agree with this condition. Well, we both knew he was joking. The teacher simply showed his attitude towards the capitalist enemies of our country.
I am invited to the postgraduate study of our academy. There is a choice: a novice lawyer in Russia or who knows who in the USA. In the end, I chose the latter. And now, after 6 years, I understand that it was absolutely the right decision.
If I had stayed, I would have worked in some company, I would have lived from Friday to Friday, waiting for a message about the receipt of money on the card.
2. Take a hypothetical me
After graduation, I become an employee of a good law firm with a salary of, say, 70-000 rubles ($ 100 - $ 000) per month.
Should I immigrate - definitely. The monotony of work and the rottenness of the justice system would kill everything in me.
3. Take the next hypothetical me
I haven't finished university yet, I'm studying. Or I’m not studying, but just went to work after school. No wife or children. And then there is a chance to move to the USA.
Should I immigrate? Required. Holds nothing yet, nothing to lose. Still very young - there is time to discover something new.
4. Take another hypothetical me
I am a businessman, married, two children. Apartment, car, cottage. Should I immigrate?
For me, based on the experience of life in the United States, rather yes. The most important thing here is to evaluate what your wife thinks, whether it is possible to sell or delegate my business. Well, the most important thing is how happy I and my family are now. We live routinely (work-home-work) or enjoy life (we have a large circle of acquaintances and friends, an active life, rich in impressions and events).
If the latter, then, of course, you can stay in your own country.
Whatever I was - real or hypothetical - from the height of my 6 years in the United States, I understand that I had to immigrate to the United States.
I, hypothetical who did not immigrate to America in 2014, is not the person I would like to become. And I would never have been such a positive, open, versatile and active person if I had not boarded a low-cost plane in the direction of St. Petersburg - New York.
The dullness and depressiveness of St. Petersburg, the hopelessness and callousness of Russian reality would have swallowed me up.
It's not just about the United States. In general, in the opportunity to live in another country, with a different cultural code. Speak in a non-native language, communicate and be friends with foreigners. Seeing something new every day. All this has a very dramatic effect on us, and if there is a chance, it should be used. Travel, business trips, student exchange and more. All this is very cool and should be used.
It was only when I was in the United States that I found out that there are sites with temporary work and volunteering in different parts of the world.
As an example, an American friend of mine now lives and eats free of charge in a castle in Ireland. For this she needs to keep an eye on the garden. Living in Russia, I had no idea that this was possible.
The states have completely changed me and my life, and here are some of the benefits of living in the USA:
1. You will become the best version of yourself
Not only moving to the USA is considered here. This is generally about immigration anywhere. America is simply one of the easiest countries to immigrate to.
Change of worldview. Openness to new cultures. Expansion of knowledge and acquaintances - all this will lead to your personal, professional growth.
As Glukhovsky said, “I want to live in a global world ... The world is ... open. You can live where you want ... I wouldn't be who I am if I didn't have all this experience. If I didn't have friends in different European countries, if I didn't speak these languages that I speak, if I wouldn't be open to other cultures ... I think it's cool ... I would like my children too were as open to the world as possible ... taught several languages ... This is the future. "
For me, this is the main plus of the United States. I gained a similar experience - a second language, openness to different cultures, a new worldview - after the USA I am a different person. This is the best 6 years, the best experience in life.
Therefore, this is how I answer a common question: would you immigrate if you had not won the green card, knowing all this?
2. You will have an American passport that allows visa-free travel to 185 countries of the world
No more visa centers, documents, queues, visa fees. Wanted - got on a plane and flew.
Once I met a couple in Turkey who failed in the USA, became disillusioned with the country (you wouldn’t be disappointed if you didn’t do it). Before returning to Istanbul, they told me about all the disadvantages of the United States, because of which they do not want to stay, as well as about what is better in Turkey.
Hearing all this was quite expected, because a person is always looking for someone to blame. And no one will blame themselves. It's hard to say “I didn't do it. I have not learned the language. I expected everyone to run around me here. "
Hence the third plus:
3. Invaluable experience of adaptation in a foreign country
There are no family, friends, or acquaintances nearby. Nobody speaks your language. In the whole country, no one except a computer file knows about your existence. You will become much stronger and more confident in yourself. You will learn to quickly adapt to circumstances, find the best solution. It's much more rewarding than sitting at home on the couch and speculating about what you might.
This is a test of oneself, growth above oneself. This is not for everyone. I am very glad that I have this experience.
4. You will be fluent in English
The ability to speak and understand English cannot be overemphasized - you can communicate with people from all over the world, travel confidently, find a better-paying job.
And this is not to mention films, TV series, books, information on the Internet in English, which is hundreds of thousands of times more than in Russian.
Knowledge of English is the key to a successful future.
I have already listed 4 pluses without saying a word about life itself in the USA. All these advantages will be with you, even if you decide to return to your homeland after some time.
And the most important thing about the country itself:
5. Decent salaries
Working as a valet, I allowed myself to rent an apartment with a swimming pool and jacuzzi, have a car, travel the world, and plus to save up $ 10 per year.
6. Confidence in the future
Here they will say: there are fires. But they were always there, and they did it well. And what happened when there were fires in Siberia or Rostov?
But what about the protests? But Americans all the time go out and fight for their rights. Yes, they can go too far, but the result will be obvious - society will become better. This is not Russia, where we are afraid or do not want to fight for our rights and sit at home.
And there are problems in every country. The only difference is what the country is doing to address them. Draw your own conclusions.
7. The buzz of life
The ocean, national parks, developed infrastructure, convenient roads and interchanges - all these are little things that you quickly get used to. But they bring a lot of joy to your life.
I'm not campaigning for anyone to immigrate to the United States - there is already an oversupply of immigrants in the cool states. Taxes only grow from this.
I just want to convey this to those who really want, but cannot decide or do not know how to immigrate to the USA.
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